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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Skin and Subcutaneous Fat Atrophy Post Cortisone Shot: Typically a Reversible Complication

Every now and again, a cortisone shot can cause skin and subQ atrophy. I noticeable indent is noted at the site of the injection. I was just asked in an email if this was reversible, and I have always seen it almost completely reverse itself. I have told my patients around 9 months, and this article says 6 months to 2 years.

See the post shot discoloration on the right foot


  1. Does this mean the fat will return to the area? I have a good amount of fat pad atrophy under my big toe from one cortisone injection for sesamoiditis. There is a noticeable different between both feet and my big toe gets sore on the bottom.

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  7. I had one cortisone injection in the top of my second toe. About 4 months later, I notice a dent at the injection site and it looks bruised/slightly veiny. Can this atrophy move to the bottom of the foot and affect the ball?


Thank you very much for leaving a comment. Due to my time restraints, some comments may not be answered.I will answer questions that I feel will help the community as a whole.. I can only answer medical questions in a general form. No specific answers can be given. Please consult a podiatrist, therapist, orthopedist, or sports medicine physician in your area for specific questions.